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Is A Burgundy Wine Shortage Looming?

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Burgundy wines may become even more difficult to find because of vine disease and smaller harvests from aging vineyards, according to a new report by the region’s wine council. While demand for Burgundy is strong, and prices for top wines remain high, overall harvest size is set to shrink – and not just due to the perennial threat of hail storms.

Lafite 2003 Leads Liv-ex Trading by Value in Past Week

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003 was the most traded wine by value on the London-based Liv-ex wine market in the week to Feb. 11, closely followed by Chateau Latour 2009, according to data from the exchange on its market blog.

Bordeaux 2006: The Ten Year Tasting

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The first release came a little earlier this month from Pontet-Canet which released a tranche of its 2006 vintage and late last week Montrose offered négociants some of its 100-point 2009, a parcel of ‘R’ de Rieussec has also been released albeit to less comment.

Liv-ex 100 Index Gains 1.1% In January

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The Liv-ex 100 gained 1.1% in January to close on 240.87. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 index also moved up, increasing by 1.7% over the month to close on 269.17. The Liv-ex 100 has a history of moving up in the first quarter only to end the year down, as was the case in 2011, 2012 and 2013. 2014 saw a reversal of this pattern while 2015 looked altogether more confused. It is therefore too early to call whether this positive movement will be sustained.

Petit Mouton Continues To Drive Second Wines

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The second wines have been outperforming the First Growths, thanks in part to their ability to offer access to these big brands at lower price points. Petit Mouton in particular showed a strong performance: in 2015 it was the biggest riser of the Bordeaux 500 index, gaining 8.3%, no doubt benefitting from ‘brand Mouton Rothschild’ – number one in the Power 100 – of which it forms a part.

Bordeaux Copyrights 1855 Under European Law

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Bordeaux châteaux making up the 1855 classification have copyrighted the term ‘1855’ in the European Union to deter others from misusing it in a wine context.

Fine Wine Outperforms Other Indices in 2015

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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 ended last year a tantalizing, frustrating 0.1% behind where it closed in 2014.

Has Stability Arrived For Fine Wine Market?

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For the first time since July 2010 the bid:offer ratio on Liv-ex (the total value of bids on the Liv-ex exchange divided by the total value of offers) has risen past 100%, a positive sign for fine wine prices as, historically, a bid:offer ratio of over 50% indicates an uptrend in the market – and price stability.

Case of DRC Makes HK$1.5M

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A case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Romanée-Conti 1990 has made HK$1.5 million at Zachys’ sale in Hong Kong. The price paid for the sought-after Burgundy is the highest price paid for a case of wine since 2012 the house reported. The 12 bottles had been estimated to realise a possible HK$1.9m but fell slightly short of this, making HK$1,592,500 in the end.

Fine Wine Market Resists Great Fall of China

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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index closed 2015 largely unchanged from where it started a year earlier at just 0.1% below its December 2014 close. However, with most financial markets coming under considerable pressure in the second half of the year, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 fared relatively better than many other financial assets and physical commodities.

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